Travel To ThailandBy
“If you want to wipe the smile off someone’s face, don’t tell him to go to Thailand. It’s called the Land of Smiles.” Doug Knell, Doug’s Republic
So why should you come to Thailand?
Here are a few reasons:
1. The grass is always greener where you’re not. Where do you live most of the year? The UK? The United States? Australia? Sterile Scandinavia? Sorry to inform you that the grass really is greener over in Thailand compared to home. If it weren’t, why does the country get 14m annual tourist visits per year?
2. Thailand is a hub for Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia could well be the most diverse travel destination in the world, and Thailand is in the heart of it. From Bangkok, you are just a short flight away from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Hong Kong. There are cheap flights to places further afield, like China and India, too. Good luck flying abroad roundtrip to diverse cultural destinations for USD 200 if you live in Melbourne, Australia or Cleveland, Ohio. If you want to remain an uncultured hick, stay at home, okay?
3. Thailand offers more than reasonable prices, by First World country standards, for food and drink.. Do you think you’re too thin and want to build up a paunch quickly? Eager to hasten cirrhosis of the liver? Thailand is your place. I had a friend come over and visit for a month. He couldn’t believe how inexpensive the spicy Thai cuisne was and ate three main dishes per meal, three meals per day. When he got back to New Zealand, a friend asked him if he were pregnant. This friend wound up becoming an alcoholic due to the cheap booze he was able to obtain in Thailand. Look on the bright side: he couldn’t have accomplished this feat as cheaply and as efficiently back home in Kiwi Land.
4. Thailand insures you won’t starve. Yeah, we’ve already been over the point how cheap the food is, but we haven’t discussed how delicious it can be. Visit Latin America’s beautiful vistas and you’ll be eating beans and rice and chicken till the still-living chickens come home to roost. In Thailand, you’ll be eating red, green, yellow, Massaman, and Penang curries; stir fried dishes with basil leaves and kaffir lime leaves; salads made with lime juice, peanuts, and shredded fruits; supping iced coffees made from grounds grown in the fields of Northern Thailand. Get with the program, junior! If Chilean and Ecuadorean and Peruvian food is so world class, where are all the international Chilean, Ecuadorean, and Peruvian restaurants. Wake up and smell the (delicious) coffee over here.
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